We had the good fortune of connecting with Sami Tansel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sami, what is the most important factor behind your success?
For me, the biggest factor for my success would be putting myself out there. I grew my photography business from nothing in the past 3 years, and one of the biggest driving forces was social media! It was scary to show my face and do things that other photographers weren’t doing yet, but now I am a full time wedding photographer shooting weddings all around the country! In addition, I create content for brands in the influencing space due to the following I’ve gained along the way. If you don’t put yourself out there, you’re missing out. Point blank. The worst thing you can do is fail…and then you just try again!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think the craziest thing for me is that I became a wedding photographer and content creator accidentally. I started posting on TikTok back in 2020 during quarantine, and had no intention of going “viral”. I always said being a photographer was my “dream job”, with no intention of it actually happening. Fast forward one year, I was quitting my full time job because I was so busy from social media and photography and making double my salary! It wasn’t easy, but it did come overwhelmingly quick! I am most proud of the fact that I bring joy to my audience and my clients. Being a part of someone’s wedding day is the best thing ever, and for them to feel comfortable and confident enough in me to fly me across the country to be a part of their day….it just is insanity to me!!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
SO many people helped me along the way. My family has always encouraged me pursuing anything I set my mind to. My husband is the one who encouraged me to take the plunge and quit my full time job to pursue photography full time. My friends were my first “models” and always are sharing my work. It takes a village and I have an amazing team of people behind me cheering me on!